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After pulling up a large chowder clam that had clamped onto his hook, Ray Sperling culled a 21-inch keeper fluke in Southold Bay. Jon M. Diat
It was a big one, but not the fluke Ray Sperling was after; instead a chowder clam took the hook and bait and refused to let it go. Closer inspection revealed a rusted porgy hook and rig also lodged deep inside the hungry quahog. Jon M. Diat

Peter Van Scoyoc, a Democratic councilman who is running for East Hampton Town supervisor, will also be at the top of the Independence Party ticket. Carissa Katz

The Sag Harbor School budget passed 973 to 269, and two incumbents were ousted. Judy D'Mello

Many school board races are uncontested this year
Clockwise, Ivonne Tovar-Morales, Donna Sutton, Anna Bernasek, Patrick Brabant, Markanthony Verzosa

Tyler Armstrong, seen here while he was running for election in 2015, has decided against a re-election campaign. Morgan McGivern

A commercial dragger working off Montauk in 2016 David E. Rattray

Jeffrey Bragman is poised to join the East Hampton Town Democratic ticket as a candidate for town board pending a formal vote at a nominating convention later this month. Morgan McGivern

Grants, loans would eliminate homeowners’ up-front costs, county exec says
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been traveling the county this week promote a proposal to establish a grant and loan program to help homeowners through out the county replace antiquated septic systems with new ones that remove nitrogen, which has been identified as a major cause of surface and groundwater pollution. David E. Rattray

Courtney Sale Ross, right, with Julie Andrews in March of 2016 Morgan McGivern

Judith Pfister is retiring after teaching in the Montauk School for 32 years. Judy D’Mello